Rachel Cronin

Actor
British Columbia native Rachel Cronin got her start with locally-lensed productions, and hit the big time, moving to to the USA and starring on the breakout NBC hit "Ed" beginning in 2000. A petite, honey blonde, Cronin ... Read more »
Born: 09/28/1971 in Vancouver, British Columbia, CA

Filmography

Actor (2)

Reaper 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ed 2000 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

British Columbia native Rachel Cronin got her start with locally-lensed productions, and hit the big time, moving to to the USA and starring on the breakout NBC hit "Ed" beginning in 2000. A petite, honey blonde, Cronin made the most of her attractive and expressive features, using her wide eyes to especially good effect, easily conveying wonder, shock and terror without speaking. Her horror-evincing skills would be put to use with guest roles in the Showtime/Sci-Fi Channel TV series "Poltergeist: The Legacy" (1997) and "The Outer Limits" (1998). A role as a medical technician in the particularly ghastly USA Network cockroach-starring feature "They Nest" saw her through 2000, the year which marked her network regular series debut. "Ed" was Cronin's breakthrough, and she played the timid and odd bowling alley employee Shirley with the right measure of quirkiness and restraint, making her at once a likable but baffling character. Though the move to the States for "Ed" stilled her one-woman show (she planned to debut her nine-character monologue production "Different Drummer" at the Vancouver Fringe Festival), she had big hopes for the big city, where small productions like hers hit the stage every night. Making an entry into film, Cronin was featured in the independent drama "Spook" (lensed 2000), a production centered in her native Vancouver.

EDUCATION

Argyle Secondary School

North Vancouver , British Columbia 1989
graduated

University of British Columbia

Vancouver , British Columbia

Milestones

2000

Was a regular on the NBC series "Ed", playing quiet but quirky bowling alley employee Shirley

2000

Featured in the cockroach-infested TV horror movie "They Nest" (USA Network)

1998

Acted on an episode of the revival anthology series "The Outer Limits" (Showtime/Sci-Fi Channel)

1997

Guest starred on the thriller series "Poltergeist: The Legacy" (Showtime/Sci-Fi Channel)

Planned one-woman show "Different Drummer", which would feature the actress as nine characters; production halted when she moved to the USA to co-star on the NBC series "Ed"

Appeared the independent feature "Spook" (lensed 2000) in her native British Columbia

Spent formative years in West Vancouver, Port Grey and North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Bonus Trivia

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Rachel Cronin on the bowling alley misfits she, Mike Starr and Michael Ian Black play on the hit NBC series "Ed": "There're kind of like a modern day three stooges. They're all extremely eccentric in their own way." --quoted in the British Columbia local publication North Shore News, September 4, 2000.

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"I really want to be writing and doing my own work and that's one of the reasons I'm so happy to be in New York. There are small theatres here where you can put that kind of stuff on." --Cronin on New York City, quoted in INorth Shore News, September 4, 2000.

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